Cley slowly re-opening

Small Tortoiseshell braving the elements at Cley yesterday

Yesterday was our first ‘duty day’ at Cley NWT in nearly four months. The reserve is slowly moving towards a full re-opening but that may still be months away – at least for the hides that is. We did a walk around the perimeter before lunch. It was nice to see the returning waders – plenty of Avocet, Black-wits, Dunlin etc. Highlights were my first Sedge Warbler of the year, a splendid Spoonbill on Billy’s Wash and a lone female Wheatear on the Eye Field. Despite the cold northerly wind and air temperature only a little above freezing I did see a brave Small Tortoiseshell.

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